Spartans ride hot hand to victory
Mascari scores 32 points for Hershey in win
LEWISTOWN — Despite its best efforts, Mifflin County struggled to contain Jackson Mascari as the Huskies fell to rival Hershey by the final score of 61-32 in a Mid-Penn Conference boys basketball game Friday night over at Mifflin County High School.
“It’s a loss, nobody feels great about that, but the last two nights we’ve done some things better,” Huskies coach Bob Sealy said. “I thought we competed better, I thought we responded to the pressure better tonight, I thought we were coachable tonight. The three things all coaches want to see. Better effort in a lot of areas, just got to keep getting better overall.”
The Huskies struck first on the scoreboard as Cole Knable stole the ball and hustled his way down the court for an easy layup.
Mascari took over the game from there as he started dropping shots from all over the court. Mascari scored 13 of the Trojans’ 19 total points in the opening frame.
One bright spot though for Mifflin County in the first quarter was its ability to get to the free-throw line.
The Huskies got Hershey into foul trouble as the Trojans committed five fouls in the quarter. Knable led the attack at the line going a perfect four-for-four. The Huskies as a team shot five-for-seven on free throws.
As the second quarter commenced, Mifflin County managed to go shot-for-shot with the Trojans early on in the frame.
Much like in the first quarter, Mascari went on the attack dropping nine points in the frame exclusively from beyond the arc.
Mascari got his teammates involved as well as Drew Coleman added another seven points in the quarter.
Hershey kept riding Mascari in the third quarter as well scoring nine of the team’s 16 points in the quarter. Though much like the previous two quarters of the game, Mifflin County did not allowing Mascari any room to breathe. No matter where Mascari had the ball on the court, a Mifflin County player was there with a hand in his face, but still Mascari managed to get the ball to fall through the net.
Mascari led the Trojans with a game-high of 31 points. Marcus Sweeney added another eight points for night.
“Hands in his face several times and when a guy’s that hot, you just got to try and minimize it,” Sealy said. “We lost him a couple times, but that’s their go-to guy.”
But just like the night before, the Huskies continued to fight on in the fourth quarter, bringing a high intensity level defensively, holding Hershey to just three points in the frame.
“That’s a plus for us, you try to win every quarter, but I know that they subbed and we subbed but I said kids compete when they come in,” Sealy said. “You get a minute you compete, you get eight minutes you compete, you get 29 minutes you compete. So it’s a process to get the kids to realize what it takes against three quality teams this week.”
Mifflin County also went back to its game plan of constantly driving into the paint, forcing Hershey to foul and got themselves to the line. As a team the Huskies dropped five shots from the line out of seven attempts. The Huskies were 10-for-14 from the free-throw line on the night.
“We tried to take it to them, get to the foul line, get some easy free points,” Sealy said. “Just try to attack when we can, that’s how we try to slow the game down if we can score at the foul line, clock’s not running, we cut in the lead so it worked out OK early on.”
Senior guard Knable led the Huskies with a team-high of eight points. Ty Felmlee was among scoring with six points all of which came from the three point line.
The Huskies also fell in the JV game as well against the Trojans with the final score being 41-36. Landen Eichhorn scored a team high of 10 points.
Mifflin County falls to (4-13) and will look to get back into the win column today as the Huskies will travel to duke it out with the Selinsgrove Seals.
“If we’re going to do anything in the playoffs its going to start tomorrow, our playoff season starts tomorrow,” Sealy said. “They’ve struggled a little bit, they haven’t had a lot of success but they’re going to look at us and say Mifflin County only has four wins. So they’re hoping for us to come down there and picks us off but, I think we’ll be OK if we give effort, we attack the rim and get after them.”
Hershey 61, Mifflin County 32
Cade Penepacker 1 0-0 2, Ty Felmlee 2 0-0 6, Cole Knable 2 4-4 8, Conner Zimmerman 2 1-1 5, Eli Penebaker 1 0-0 2, Quinton Hepner 1 1-1 3, Jace Shoemaker 1 1-4 3, Ryan Hine 0 1-2 1, Landen Eichhorn 0 2-2 2. Totals: 10 10-14 32.
3-point goals: Felmlee
Marcus Sweeney 4 0-0 8, Davey Loyd 1 0-0 2, Kyle Hand 1 0-2 2, Alec Angelo 0 0-1 0, Joey Corado 1 0-2 3, Jack Argento 3 1-2 7, Drew Coleman 3 0-1 7, Jackson Mascari 11 1-2 31, Elliot Blubaugh 0 1-2 1. Totals: 24 3-12 61
3-point goals: Corado, Coleman, Mascari 8
Score by quarters
H 19-23-16-3 – 61
MC 9-6-8-9 – 32